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Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte is courting Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with a view to making a move for the England international.
The Italian manager saw his side secure a 0-0 stalemate against Everton in his first Premier League match since replacing the sacked Nuno Espirito Santo earlier this month.
And after seeing Pickford keep a clean sheet, the Italian tactician is targeting a move for the England No.1 goalkeeper, as current first-choice stopper Hugo Lloris enters the final year of his contract.
The Frenchman could leave the north London outfit for free next summer when his current deal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium expires.
But while there is still a chance he could extend his deal with Spurs, Conte is focusing his efforts on targeting Pickford, according to The Telegraph.
It is understood Conte would prefer to have a homegrown English goalkeeper either to compete with the Frenchman or to take over the gloves completely.
Pickford enjoyed a stellar Euro 2020 tournament with Gareth Southgate’s side, keeping five clean sheets as the Three Lions reached their first major tournament final since 1966.
He has also developed into a more well-rounded and reliable goalkeeper, and his impressive distribution skills would also appeal to Conte.
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Pickford currently has two years left to run on his current Everton contract but it would take a substantial transfer offer to prise him away from Goodison Park.
The Toffees broke their transfer record to sign Pickford from Sunderland in 2017, paying a hefty £30m to bring him to Merseyside.
His impressive performances for Everton impressed the Blues so much, they handed him a bumper six year contract the following season.
At just 27, Pickford is still at a relatively young age for a goalkeeper, yet he carries perhaps more experience than many other goalkeepers older than him.
With 42 England caps under his belt and many starring performances for England in the World Cup, the Nations League, and Euro 2020, Pickford has shown he can deliver at the highest level.
He also has featured 186 times in the Premier League for Sunderland and Everton and has emerged as a key member of the Toffees squad.
But Tottenham may be encouraged to press on with their move after Everton boss Rafael Benitez admitted the club could sell as “financial fair play rules were killing us in this window”.
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